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When Students Struggle

Livia McCoy
Livia McCoy spent many years teaching upper school science. She currently serves as Dean of Student Support at The Steward School in Richmond, VA. Livia sees each student as an individual with great potential to learn, and feels her job is to help every student figure out how to be successful in school. Livia says, “I blog about the many smart students who struggle in school because they think differently or have attention issues. I share what I have learned helping these students, their parents and teachers to see how they can experience success in school.” Livia welcomes comments on her blog at SchoolFamily.com.


A Positive Approach: Teach By Catching Kids Doing Something Right!

Dec 06, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, High School, Elementary School

Parents and teachers have a tendency to tell children what they are doing wrong. That’s our job, isn’t it? But wouldn’t it be better to tell them how to do things right instead? “You need to keep worki... Read more
4 Ways to Help Reluctant Kids With Research Papers

Nov 28, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Homework, High School

Students in my Science, Technology, and Society class are just beginning to work on their research papers. Mark (name is changed, of course) was particularly stressed about choosing his topic. He said things like, “I am... Read more
What If My Child Refuses To Do Homework?

Nov 22, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Curriculum, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Elementary School

More than once parents have asked me what to do when their child refuses to do her homework, with a refrain that goes something like this: “This math is stupid. When will I ever use it? I’m not going to do it.&rdq... Read more
Test and Improve Your Child's Working Memory

Nov 15, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, High School, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

Having a good working memory is important for school success. When we are engaged in problem solving or learning something new, we have to manipulate ideas in our brains. We might be trying out new things and figuring out ho... Read more
Can “Working Memory” Problems Cause Difficulty in School?

Nov 08, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Elementary School, ADHD

Memory is a complicated process. Most of us are familiar with short-term memory, the place where new information goes before it gets stored in long-term memory for later use. Most psychologists now agree that there is yet an... Read more
"Retrieval Practice" is A Proven Way to Study

Nov 01, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Elementary School

Many students do not know the best methods to use when studying for a test.  According to Jeffrey D. Karpicke, a researcher at Purdue University, a lot of students don't  understand that they can't be looking at wha... Read more
Consequences of a Zero: How One Missing Grade Makes a Huge Difference

Oct 24, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Supplies, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Back to School

Many students do not understand how important it is to complete (and turn in) every single assignment. They think that missing a paper or two does not make much difference in their overall grade. I have tutored students befor... Read more
A Cool (Free) Tool for Doing a Presentation

Oct 19, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Homework, High School, Elementary School

Many teachers assign presentations to help their students develop their speaking and presenting skills. I recently learned to use some presentation software that is available free on the web. It’s called Prezi and is pa... Read more
How to Help Your Child Improve His or Her Vocabulary

Oct 11, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

For children to be successful in school, they need a strong vocabulary.  This especially helps them to understand what they are reading.  Experts tell us that children need to read a wide range of fiction and non-fi... Read more
Does Writing Something Down Help You to Remember It?

Oct 04, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy

After I wrote about cursive handwriting last week, I started thinking about all the times when my students use a computer (or other electronic device) to write instead of handwriting with a pencil and paper. One of the argum... Read more